The Provincial Lady in America is a largely autobiographical novel by English author E. M. Delafield. It takes the form of a journal of the life of an upper-middle class Englishwoman in the 1930s.
This is the third of Delafield autobiographical novels. The publisher sends the author to tour America. By now, the author is famous, travels 1st Class, and is photographed as she disembarks the ship at New York. What follows after she sets foot on American soil is a series of whirlwind tours about the continent, and also including a trip to Canada.
Delafield became a director of Time and Tide, a British weekly political and literary review magazine. When the editor 'wanted some light “middles”, preferably in serial form, she promised to think of something to submit'. It was thus, in 1930, that her most popular and enduring work Diary of a Provincial Lady was written. Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) inspired several sequels which chronicled later portions of her life: The Provincial Lady Goes Further (1932), The Provincial Lady in America (1934), and The Provincial Lady in Wartime (1940).
The Provincial Lady in America was first published in 1934. E-book: ePUB, 45,800 words, average reading time 3 hours, 50 min.